Talk about baptism under fire

The Times welcomed new sports reporter Amy Scanlon from Ottawa earlier this month and she’s certainly had to hit the ground running. This past weekend alone, there was the ladies’ bonspiel to cover, along with a girls’ Atom and Novice hockey tournament, a women’s hockey exhibition series, a men’s and women’s squash tourney, and an elementary school boys’ basketball tourney at St. Francis.
Oh, and two Aquanauts were competing in the Western Canadian junior nationals swimming meet in Vancouver, B.C. over the weekend.
And it didn’t get any quieter from there. Both the Muskie boys’ and girls’ curling rinks won NorWOSSA gold Monday in Kenora and now advance to NWOSSAA early next week in Thunder Bay.
The four Muskie court teams wrapped up their NorWOSSA regular seasons here Monday, as did both the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams yesterday. Then the Borderland Thunder hit the ice here last night to battle the Dryden Ice Dogs.
In a word, “Whew!”
This isn’t just limited to Fort Frances, either. “A banner week!” screamed the top headline in this week’s Rainy River Record, where five local high school teams are playoff bound.
Given all the action on the court and ice these days across the district, it’s a fitting time to congratulate our young athletes for the fine seasons they’ve enjoyed so far—and to wish them well as they vie for playoff glory. Several Muskie squads have legitimate shots at qualifying for the all-Ontarios, and no doubt would love to see plenty of fan support to help fuel their drive for gold.
High school athletics always has instilled community pride here, and also serves to rally the district together because many of the players hail from communities outside Fort Frances, such as Couchiching, Devlin, Emo, Manitou Rapids, Barwick, Stratton, Nestor Falls, and Mine Centre.
Equally important, our teams over the years always have been excellent ambassadors for their school and district—whether going off to compete for a championship or hosting visiting teams here.
Keep up the great work, teams, and good luck in the playoffs. Go Muskies!